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Safety and Security Leadership

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Chief Kenneth Wagner

Kenneth Wagner, Chief of Police 

Kenneth Wagner is the Clay County District Schools inaugural Chief of Police. Wagner comes to Clay County District Schools with over 20 years of law enforcement experience with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. Most recently, Wagner has led the School Resource Officer Program within the District for many years. While serving with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, he was promoted to Sergeant in 2006. He was promoted again in 2009, this time to the rank of Lieutenant. During his tenure as a Clay County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant, Wagner’s duties have spanned the agency, including patrol, Internal Affairs, Training Unit Commander, Mobile Field Force Commander and Detective.

Chief Wagner has over 1,450 hours of advanced law enforcement training. His areas of training include Homicide, FEMA Incident Command, Crisis Intervention, Internal Affairs, Emergency Response to Terrorism, Community Oriented Policing, Mental Health First Aid, CPR/First Aid, FDLE Professional Compliance Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor and School Resource Officer.

Chief Wagner has earned recognition for his work within the community. He has actively participated in events with Special Olympics, as a coach and unified partner with Special Olympics athletes, competing in Bocce. Chief Wagner is an active member in his community and enjoys volunteering.

Mr. Stephen Mills, School Safety Specialist 

Safety Specialist Stephen Mills has 30 years of law enforcement experience. He began his law enforcement career with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff in November 1990 retiring in November 2010. He served in the patrol division, detective bureau, and training unit, as a patrol sergeant and warrants sergeant. He was also a member of the SWAT team serving as a team member and team leader.

Stephen joined the Ormond Beach Police Department in August 2011 until July 2016, where he served in the Patrol division, as a motor officer and was then promoted to sergeant.

In March 2017, Stephen returned to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office as a bailiff and was then reassigned to the training unit to assist in the training of the newly hired Guardians for the Clay County District Schools.

After the Clay County School District established its own police department in 2019, Stephen was hired as the training lieutenant where he served until taking on the role of Safety Specialist.

Stephen was a full-time and adjunct instructor at the St. Johns River State College Criminal Justice Academy where he taught and trained future law enforcement officers for twenty years.

Safety Specialist Mills has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Flagler College. Additionally, he has successfully completed numerous other professional development training and certification programs.

Heather Devore, School Safety Specialist 

Heather DeVore is an accomplished professional with a diverse background in both education and the private sector. Hailing from Keystone Heights, Florida, she has devoted the last 9 years to the field of education, excelling in her roles as a classroom teacher, reading coach, and assistant principal. 

Her educational journey includes earning a bachelor's degree from Florida State College at Jacksonville and a Master's in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University. Prior to her career in education, Ms. DeVore honed her skills in the private sector for 6 years, focusing on operations, training, and customer service, which has provided her with a unique blend of expertise.

As she takes on her new role as the District Threat Management Coordinator, Heather brings a wealth of experience acquired over the past 15 years. She possesses an unwavering passion for operational excellence and is committed to delivering the highest standard of service to ensure the safety and efficiency for Clay County District Schools.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Ms. DeVore finds joy in her family life. She has two children who have attended/attend schools in the county. Her daughter, Hailey, recently graduated from Keystone Heights Jr/Sr High School and her son, Ronny, is eagerly preparing to enter the fifth grade at Coppergate School of the Arts.